Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cheese Tasting 101

Tim gave me a cheese board for my birthday this year. Having grown up eating ColbyJack and Gouda, I want to learn more about cheeses. I decided to check out the cheese selection at Whole Foods. Don't you just love that store? The cheese monger was so helpful. I knew I wanted a soft, hard and goat cheese. A lot of articles say to include a blue cheese but I knew most of my guests didn't like blue cheese. After some discussion and several suggestions, we settled on Appenzeller for the soft, Parrano for the hard and Humbolt Fog as the Goat Cheese.

What should you serve with your cheese? In addition to the baquette, we had grapes, nuts and if you chose a drizzle of honey. What else do you need to know? Be sure to take the cheese out of the refrigerator an hour or two prior to serving to allow it to come to room temperature.

Which cheeses would we would like? Would there be some we didn't like at all? Which one would be the star?

Each of the cheeses had their own unique flavor. My favorite was the Humbolt Fog. I love that it looks like a beautiful piece of layer cake. The flavor is tart, yet mild. The texture is beautifully creamy. I think the rest of the group was partial to the Parrano. The parrano had a buttery texture and a nutty flavor. It reminded us all of gouda. I guess it was our comfort zone cheese. The Appenzeller was our "stinky" cheese. The aroma comes from the washing of the rind.

This was such a fun and interesting experience. I can't wait to do another cheese tasting!




I am linking this to Tuesday's at the Table and Tasty Tuesday's.

11 comments:

  1. I never met a cheese I didn't like - looks great. If you think you don't like blue, try gorgonzola (Italian). It's creamier and a good place to start experimenting with the various blues!

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  2. I love tasting and trying new cheeses! Whole foods has a great selection. I haven't tried any of these! Thanks for your descriptions, I'm totally going to have to check them out!

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  3. That is the cutest cheese board! I love Whole Foods. And for someone like me who loves cheese but doesn't no much about them other than they pretty much all taste good, talking to the folks behond the counter there is always great :)

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  4. Parrano is my new favorite cheese, a friend had mentioned it and said I had to try it! We loved it! Never had the Humboldt Fog but it's on my list now, thanks for the good recommendation! I love cheese!

    Great looking cheese board!

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  5. I've never known too much about cheese. A cheese tasting would be fun! I'll join you next time!

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  6. How fun!! I love the board. You made me realize I need to broaden my cheese horizons.

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  7. Hi. Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday! We love to visit Whole Foods and hang out around the cheeses and olives. :-) A few years back we had the opportunity to visit Yorkshire, England. A little town in the Dales, Hawes, is home of the Wensleydale Creamery. They had many, many cheese samples for us to try - and we did! What a treat that was! :-)

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  8. I love the display. You're a regular Ina Garten!

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  9. Love the cheese board! We also enjoy tasting different cheeses!

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  10. What a pretty cheese board! I'm glad you're experimenting with all things cheese and having fun with it. It looks very appealing, Julie!

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  11. We love serving cheeses. I always try to find some wonderful flatbread crackers to serve with them too. Apple slices and berries are another great thing for the cheese platter. Even though it's a long drive for me, I'll have to check out Whole Food's cheeses.

    Love your new cheese board!

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